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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 1, 2006 12:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the way?

Thanks for all the suggestions, folks. Enough there to keep me busy for a while. I'd like to explore the period some, but I don't want it to get like stamp collecting if you know what I mean (got to have an 83 show!). Actually I kind of agree with UncleJohnny that this period isn't the finest - there may be a reason why I come to halt at the end of the 70s and pick up again when Hornsby comes to play. Somehow, even after ten years with the band I always found myself thinking of Brent as 'the new guy'- never really took to his singing either. But that's just me. Others doubtless will disagree.

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Poster: unclejohnnyd Date: Oct 1, 2006 3:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the way?

I like the pre Hornsby stuff too though. I think 89-91 was another golden era for the band. Some damn fine tight playing.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 1, 2006 12:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the way?

Realizing you already have more than enough suggestions I would just emphasize two shows I think already have been mentioned but that are every bit as good as any of those stellar 70's shows (and know that i am a staunch fan of the 70's, especially 77 as the peak Dead years):

Baltimore Civic Center 4-19-82
Hampton, VA. 5-1-81

Besides being impeccably played shows there are also 2 outstanding AUD copies of each available here on the archive, and that combination is fairly rare now that the SBD's are gone.

5-1-81 is especially critical if you're a fan of ALTHEA, LET IT GROW, DEAL, BIG RIVER, and first sets in general...

4-19-82 has the (in)famous "RavenSpace" in which the boys indulge in nitrous on stage and Phil quotes from Poe. All of which overshadows the fact that the show is incredible, especially the 2nd set which features one of the best ESTIMATED's ever, along w/an amazingly beautiful STELLA BLUE, terrific WHEEL, and much more.

You cannot go wrong w/either of those shows and you can DL them forthwith!


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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 1, 2006 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the way?

GC - you're ticking my boxes there and thank you. I do like a rabble-rousing first set and a good romp through Althea, Me and My Uncle and Big River is always a good thing in my book.
RavenSpace has been on my list of ought-to-listen-tos for a time. The fact that you say there're also a few other gems there is all the more reason to get down to it.

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